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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
Chateau Les Graves de Barrau  2005
Chateau Les Graves de Barrau 2005
(search item no. 95371)

PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $12.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This estate has been well-known for several centuries and is located 18 miles north of the city of Bordeaux. A luscious and fruity Bordeaux wine made by Dominique Hebrard of the Cheval Blanc family.

60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc

Nice crimson color and lovely aromas of cherry with just a hint of vanilla. Well-rounded and fleshy in the mouth, with well-balanced tannins. A long, silky finish.

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  • 2011 (search item no. 128233)

About Château Les Graves de Barrau:

The Château Les Graves de Barrau is part of an estate, 11 miles north of Bordeaux, that has been famous for centuries. Set high up on a south-facing plateau, the vineyard benefits from an exceptional position giving the grapes excellent ripeness.

The Musset family has been on this estate for several generations. Serge Musset took over in 1966. With all the savoir-faire of his ancestors, he grows the vines in the traditional way and makes his wine slowly and patiently.



Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Nandu Malbec 2004
Nandu Malbec 2004
(search item no. 92770)

PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Ñandú Malbec comes from hillside vineyards in the Mendoza region of Argentina. Located 60 miles east of the town of San Rafael, these vineyard sites rise to 1,200 feet above sea level—an altitude that helps temper the region's warm sun, yielding grapes of exceptional balance and structure. It's a challenging area to cultivate, with desert-like conditions and frequent hail threatening crops, but the resulting wine is worth the myriad risks.
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About Nandu:

Ñandú was founded by the Portet family, one of Napa Valley's pioneering winemaking families. Bernard Portet founded Clos du Val in Napa Valley and Domaine Nizas in France. The Portets named this new wine Ñandú after the large, flightless bird native to Mendoza. Just as the Ñandú is indigenous to this region, the increasingly-popular Malbec has become Mendoza's flagship grape variety.


Red Wines    Other Red Blends    Other California    California   
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Cline Oakley Five Reds 2006
Cline Oakley Five Reds 2006
(search item no. 93838)

PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $9.79

Winemaker's Notes:

Each year, Oakley Five Reds is a unique red blend that is easy drinking and medium bodied with the spicy berry flavors that want in their Zinfandels. The Rhone varietals add pepper, cherry and dark fruit character. The wine has smooth tannins and luscious fruit and should age well into the future.

The 2006 is a blend of 74% Merlot, 7% Barbera, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Syrah, and 1% Mourvèdre. Flavors of blackberries, black pepper and a delicate green olive note which makes this wine an excellent accompaniment to spicy western grub or tomato-based dishes. Round up your posse and enjoy!

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About Cline:

Fred Cline founded Cline Cellars in 1982, in Oakley, California. In 1991, the winery facilities relocated to the Sonoma Valley on a 350 acre estate in the Carneros District. The Cline Brothers, Fred and Matt, are Zinfandel and Rhone varietal specialists. Their holdings include some of the oldest and rarest vines in California. They are best known for the one hundred year old plantings of Carignane, Mourvedre and Zinfandel grapes they farm in Oakley, California. The Mourvedre represent approximately 85% of the state's total supply of this fascinating and versatile varietal. This treasure is the inspiration for Cline Cellars many "Rhone style" bottlings.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Shoofly Shiraz 2005
Shoofly Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 96814)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $9.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2005 Shiraz expresses oodles of spicy dark berry fruits, plums, cassis and earthy mint. On the palate, it's a succulent thunderbolt of pure Shiraz, right down to the last gulp. Made with structure and grip, the vibrant, juicy length lingers with a clean "have another glass" finish. Drink now or hide in the cellar for 3 years.

87 Points

"The 2005 Shiraz is purple-colored with aromas of smoke and blueberry. Medium-bodied, with ample spicy fruit, it offers good concentration, depth, and balance. Drink it over the next 2-3 years."
Wine Advocate

87 Points

"Fresh and lively, with a smoky edge to the blackberry and cherry flavors."
Wine Spectator

88 Points

"Dark red. Youthful pepper-accented cassis and blackberry on the nose, with a suggestion of cracked pepper. Fleshy in texture, with jammy dark berry flavors, soft acidity and a hint of floral pastille. Very persistent sweet blackberry and kirsch on the finish. Vaguely liqueur-like but there's good acid lift and thrust here. Remains just this side of sweet." Stephen Tanzer's
International Wine Cellar

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About Shoofly:

Shoofly's winemaker Ben Riggs is a native of McLaren Vale and has been crafting some of the region's finest for two decades. Ben knows his stuff and where to get it – his roster of grape growers is one of the most sought after contact lists in the country. Premium regions produce the best fruit and the grapes come from a "who's who" of Australian growers and viticultural neighborhoods – Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills and Heathcote.


White Wines    Other White Blends    Other Oregon    Oregon   
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Sokol Blosser Evolution White Blend
Sokol Blosser Evolution White Blend
(search item no. 1648)
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PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $17.99

Winemaker's Notes:

We shortened the name to Evolution (we also trademarked it) and had fun with the package. The new label picks up similar elements of the old label with a fresh twist. It reflects how Evolution evolves: the same classic blend of 9 white grapes, each pressed separately, adding its own character.

At the same time, every new bottling has its own subtle and fresh personality; this edition is slightly less sweet than the last. The 9 grapes tie together perfectly, creating a smooth, layered white wine that can hold its own or stand up to just about any food pairing you dare to serve it with. It is extraordinarily food-friendly, from light salads to the hottest fusion-style cuisine.

Regarding the question we're most often asked: "Were you trying to do this or did your leftovers happen to work well together?" We'll let the success of Evolution speak for itself.

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About Sokol Blosser:

When Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser planted their first vines in 1971, they needed all of their youthful self-confidence, energy and determination to make their way because there was no wine industry in Oregon. Today, with over 400 wineries and more than 19,000 acres of vineyards, Oregon wines are available throughout the world. Sokol Blosser has survived, grown and prospered as a family-owned and run operation, and they are proud to have been part of developing and shaping Oregon's now prominent wine industry.

Sokol Blosser strives to create wines of world class quality that are produced sustainably, mindful of the environment and your health, and that express the distinctive flavors of their hillside vineyards. Sokol Blosser wines reflect who they are – their values and their sense of place. We hope you enjoy them.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Languedoc-Roussillon    France - Other regions   
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Tortoise Creek Shiraz 2007
Tortoise Creek Shiraz 2007
(search item no. 95568)

PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $9.49

Winemaker's Notes:

"2007 is our best vintage yet! The crop was very low and a cool August allowed a slow ripening of the grapes in perfect healthy conditions. Those two factors are producing some of the most aromatic, fruit forward wines I have seen in years." - Xavier Roger, Tortoise Creek

A well-balanced Shiraz displaying a deep purple-red color. Blueberries and cherries can be found on the nose with a full, round palate and a peppery finish. Enjoy with barbecued chicken, ribs, stews, red meats and hard cheeses.

The grapes were grown at the estates of Domaine Castan in Cazouls les Béziers and Domaine Clotte Fontane in Salinelles, both located in Gard.

"The 2007 Shiraz (contrary to what the spelling of that name might lead you to expect) is sourced from Saint-Chinian in the Languedoc. Its nose features black cherry jam, along with faint suggestions of smoke and crushed stone often associated with this region. Soft in texture, its pure simplicity of lightly-cooked black fruit suggests a hint of sweetness." Robert Parker's
Wine Advocate

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About Tortoise Creek:

Tortoise Creek wines come from the southern French area known as the Languedoc. For many years, the region was mainly known as a producer of good "vin ordinaire" due to the remarkable weather conditions and vast array of quality growing areas. But, as the average wine-drinking consumer began to look for more then "vin ordinaire", many wine makers in the region reacted and employed modern viticultural and winemaking techniques. Today the region produces many of the most spectacular wine values in Europe.

In Provence, their home was surrounded by vines with a small pond at the edge of the vineyard. On hot sunny days, Mel and Janie would sit beside the pond and picnic, sharing their scraps with the little tortoises swimming around the pond. Soon, the tortoises became known as the Litre family, with the Mum and Dad being Hecto and Millie Litre and the offspring of course, being Centi Litre! Naturally, when embarking upon a new wine project they decided to call it Tortoise Creek. And, it was only fitting to have Hecto, Millie and Centi prominently displayed on the label!



Red Wines    Zinfandel    Southern Italy    Italy   
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Primaterra Primitivo 2007
Primaterra Primitivo 2007
(search item no. 96352)

PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A ripe and fruity wine with notes of plums, blackberries, and cherries with good concentration, balance and length.

Primitivo and zinfandel are long lost cousins. Primitivo comes from the heel of Italy in the region of Puglia. This hearty southern Italian red wine has big intentions yet remains lighter and easier to drink than the average California zin. The alcohol percentage is a touch lower than most domestic zinfandels. This brings freshness to the wine and enables it to pair with food more easily. Drink this wine with your favorite items off the backyard grill. We love it with a grilled mushrooms or a tasty burger. Plus, you can never go wrong with this as your pizza wine!

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About Primaterra:

Imaginative and inviting, Primaterra is Italian by design. Behind the label, each wine reflects the combination of soil, climate, and topography which define their Italian region of origin. The winemaking philosophy is simply to preserve the delicious flavors and aromas that result from the interaction between the grapes and the land. Distinctively fresh and fruit driven, the wines are styled to be enjoyed by everyoneon their own or with a meal, alone or with friends!